Live Updates: Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed KL?Rahul and Mayank Agarwal while Chris Gayle slammed a brilliant half century. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and opted to field against Kings XI?Punjab. Gasping for breath after six successive defeats, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to snap their winless streak and stay afloat when they take on an inconsistent Kings XI Punjab in a must-win IPL encounter. Nothing seems to be going right for RCB, who slumped to their sixth straight loss after going down against Delhi Capitals last Sunday.
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The fall of wickets has played its role in mellowing down Chris Gayle as he is no longer going for both shots and along with Sarfaraz Khan, he is looking to stitch together a good partnership. KXIP 102/2
Mayank Agarwal’s struggles against RCB:
He has just one 30+ score vs RCB in IPL.
This was the first time Chahal dismissed Agarwal.
What a delivery!?The ball from Yuzvendra Chahal turned sharply and ended up disturbing the off-stump of Mayank Agarwal. KXIP have lost two wickets in quick succession and they are 86/2 in 8.5 overs.
Fifty for Chris Gayle and it has been a special innings from the Universe Boss.
Chris Gayle’s fifty:
79th T20 fifty
27th IPL fifty
3rd this season
1st against RCB in 4 innings.
Yuzvendra Chahal breaks a 66 run stand for the first wicket:
This was the 3rd fifty+ partnership for KXIP for the first wicket this season.
2nd highest opening wicket stand for KXIP this season.
KL?Rahul welcomed Yuzvendra Chahal with a huge six over long off but the very next ball, he tried the shot once again and he was beaten by the flight. Parthiv Patel collected the ball well and was able to complete the stumping. KXIP?66/1
6,4,6,0,6,4 - 24 runs in the over from Mohammed Siraj and Chris Gayle is looking in prime form at the moment. There were shots played towards every possible angle and this was brilliant batting by the Universe Boss. KXIP?60/0
KL?Rahul drove the ball well and it looked like a diving AB?De Villiers will be able to complete the catch.?But he failed to catch it properly and it took a good effort from Mohammed Siraj to stop the boundary. KXIP?40/0
KL?Rahul joins the party as he flicks the ball off his legs to score a boundary and then followed it up with another one through long on. This is great stuff by the openers as Kings XI?Punjab are 34/0 in 4.2 overs.
A?boundary through the mid-wicket followed by a huge six straight down the ground!?Chris Gayle has started this match well and he is taking Navneet Saini to task. KXIP 19/0
Umesh Yadav’s delivery crashed straight into Chris Gayle’s pads and a huge appeal was turned down by the umpire. However, the DRS?showed that the ball was crashing into the leg stump!?Huge miss from Royal Challengers Bangalore while Kings XI?Punjab are 2/0
Chris Gayle and KL?Rahul are opening the innings for Kings XI?Punjab while for Royal Challengers Bangalore, the first over will be bowled by Umesh Yadav. Can Gayle start the innings with a bang??Let’s wait and watch!
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
1: Wickets U. Yadav needs to become the leading wicket taker vs KXIP.
U Yadav and S Narine have 26 wickets each against KXIP.
23: Runs required by KL Rahul to become the 6th batsman to score 1000 runs for KXIP in the IPL.
4: 4 out of the last 5 KXIP hundreds have come in a losing cause.
147: The highest partnership against KXIP was by RCB.
147 runs by Gayle and Kohli in 2016 at Bengaluru
2: Number of KXIP batsmen that have scored a century against RCB, no team has more centurions against RCB in the IPL.
106: Adam Gilchrist at Dharamsala in 2011
101*: David Miller at Mohali in 2013
181.60: David Miller’s Strike rate of 181.60 is the best by a player vs RCB
206: The highest partnership against RCB was by KXIP at Dharamsala in 2011
Players involved in the partnership were Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh.
7: Kings XI Punjab are currently on a 7-match winning streak at Mohali
Last time they lost against a current IPL team was in 2017 vs SRH
66.66%: Percentage of matches won by the chasing side when KXIP play RCB at Mohali (4/6)
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran(w), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and they will be fielding first against Kings XI?Punjab. This will be an important match for both the teams as KXIP look to bounce back while RCB?eye their first win.
With first-innings totals of 176, 166 and 150 in the three games held at this venue, it is clear that scoring runs is not that easy when it comes to Mohali. However, the advantage for the bowlers is also nullified by the dew factor that has become a regular at this venue.
Parthiv Patel has done reasonably well while opening the innings for RCB this season. Although he hasn’t score a big innings yet, Parthiv has managed to provide starts to the team. Against KXIP, he will have to deal with the pace of Andrew Tye upfront. So far, Parthiv holds a good record against Tye as he has slammed him for 25 runs of 16 deliveries and hasn’t been dismissed even once.
Middle-order batsman AB de Villiers has been hot and cold in the tournament thus far and will have to up his game against KXIP if he is to score runs against his nemesis Ravichandran Ashwin. The spinner has dismissed de Villiers twice before in the IPL and has given just 45 runs off 39 deliveries against him.
Despite the team not able to win a single match so far, Virat Kohli’s personal form has been good and he has been among the runs for the bottom-placed side. Against Punjab, he will have to deal with the pace of India teammate Mohammed Shami, who has caused him problems in the past. Shami has dismissed Kohli once in the IPL before and off 15 deliveries, Kohli has scored just 19 runs against him.
Like Gayle, opener KL Rahul too has been in sensational form for KXIP and he is one of the leading run-getters in the league. Rahul will pose a big threat to RCB’s ambition of winning the match and the visitors will hope their premier spinner can get rid of him early in the innings. Rahul has scored 29 runs of 19 deliveries against Yuzvendra Chahal in the past but hasn’t been dismissed by him yet in the IPL.
Windies hard-hitter Chris Gayle is enjoying a rich vein of form and has been taking the attack to every bowling line-up that has come his way. Against Bangalore, he will come up against Umesh Yadav and things could go tricky for the veteran southpaw. Gayle has managed to score 37 off 37 Umesh deliveries in the past but more importantly, the India pacer has dismissed him three times.
The pace-spin duo of Mohammad Shami and Ashwin has been KXIP’s best bowlers and they would look to put another good show. Among others, Ankit Rajpoot, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye would also look to provide depth to the Kings XI bowling.
Punjab failed to defend 197 against Mumbai Indians in their last match with Kieron Pollard’s knock of 31-ball 83 blowing them away. Despite the loss, KXIP’s batting has done well with opener K L Rahul, who scored unbeaten century against Mumbai, and Chris Gayle looking in devastating form. Kings XI also has the likes of David Miller and Mandeep Singh and the side will look forward to some big knocks from them as well.
RCB’s batting too has looked equally inconsistent. In their first match against Chennai , RCB were bowled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after their top-order crumbled against Harbhajan and Tahir. In their last match against Delhi, barring Kohli’s 33-ball 41 and Moeen Ali’s 18-ball 32 cameo, RCB’s ordinary batting display took the side to a modest 149/8, a target which was easily achieved by DC.
The RCB bowlers had allowed Hyderabad to post a mammoth 232 with centuries from Bairstow and Warner before they were skittled out for 113 to lose the match by a massive 118 runs. Against Kolkata, despite de Villiers and Kohli scoring 63 and 84 respectively, RCB bowlers failed to defend 205 with KKR riding on Russell’s explosive knock of 13-ball 48 to romp home. Yuzvendra Chahal has been their top bowler with nine wickets but rest of the bowling line-up conceded far too many runs.
Kohli, who was recently named the Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time by Wisden Almanack, will hope that fortunes finally knock at the doors of RCB as they need to win all their next eight matches to salvage any hope of making it to the play-off. RCB have been inconsistent with both their bowling and batting faltering in many occasions.
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. RCB will be looking for their first win of the season as they have lost their opening six contest in the tournament thus far. As for KXIP, they have won four and lost three and are placed at the fifth spot in the table.